Paper Complete… Signing off.

My Day of DH has been an interdisciplinary one.

 

It started out with my Writing with Media workshop which went well. We went outside and spent some time out in the sun, which is always a pleasure. The video poem was a lot of fun to make, and I was really thrilled to apply my creative practice to something a little bit different than what I have ever done before. It turned out really well, and I am proud of the work I put in.

 

From there, I was immediately sucked into the portal that was that research paper. I’m happy to report that it’s now finished, and I can part ways with that clutter of research that I collected while doing it. Still waiting on that magical research portal to come and save us undergrads from the pains of doing it all.

Maybe I’m the problem.

 

Finishing the day with an exhausted sigh. I’m looking forward to the future, and my work in the digital humanities really has me pushing for something a little bit more interdisciplinary in my last year as an undergraduate.

 

Until then…

A paper update.

Do you ever get to that point in your research where it feels like your paper trail of research becomes a tangled web of “which source is this from again?”, “wait, does this source apply here?”, and “where did I even download this .PDF from?”

 

I’m in that very much tangled sense as I crank out another thousand words here. For as wonderful as it is having access to all of these research portals through my University’s library, it can still feel like the good old days of the early internet, where you downloaded files upon files of things, only to end up with a cluttered organizing system that feels almost impossible to navigate.

You’d think there’d be a nice online portal where you could work on all of your sources in one place, like a Google Drive or something, only done through the library portal and with ways of accessing further articles. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve fought with the Summons search to follow the trail of articles as they are cited in other articles. It’s a nightmare.

 

Someone get on that.

 

Or, if this already exists, would someone be so kind as to point me in the right direction?

 

I need to learn how to organize myself better. It’s starting to bleed into my life.

 

Until the next time.

Time is ticking…

Paper is still being written…

I’m finding myself easily distracted while writing this… Usually my workflow is conducive to writing papers, but tonight I just cannot seem to keep my attention where it needs to be…

 

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This is what my workflow looks like. I’ve brought my monitor into my living room, and am currently writing this on top of my living room table.

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My pages tabs. Outline on one side, paper on the other. Keep tabbing back and forth to find my notes and copy some quotations. My mind is going…

 

Updates to come.

What do you do after a four hour class?

I still have to get to that essay…

 

Every Friday, I have a four hour Writing with Media class. For our last assignment we had to film our very own video poems.

 

For mine, I’ve had a poem sitting around for a while that I really suited the stylings of a video poem quite nicely. Last week, my friend and I went down to Gyro Beach here in Kelowna (where it was ridiculously warm for a March afternoon), and shot a whole bunch of stuff.

 

I tackled my first time editing in Final Cut Pro, which proved to be extremely rewarding. Who knew that something as powerful as Final Cut could make my cheap DSLR look like a pretty nice film camera?

 

Anyway, we’ve workshopped them all, and I’ll leave you with the embedded video poem just below. Check it out, hopefully you all enjoy it!

 

Now back to my essay…

 

Working on an Essay

Hello world (that’s what we’re supposed to do here, right?),

 

Since it is the last day of classes, and this semester has been a monster, I am still working on a final research paper for my Canadian Screen Culture class.

 

I am writing my paper around the notion of the musical as a queer transgression on the heteronormative binaries that are systematically reproduced in our culture. The musical, or at least the contemporary musical, engages with that same transgressive quality that is studied in queer theory. It’s the idea that the self-aware camp of the large musical numbers leads to a queer reading, in which a utopian vision of the best version of our best lives.

 

It’s coming along. 2000 out of 4000 words. Will keep you posted.

 

I’ve got to run to my Writing with Media class soon. More to come as the day goes on.

 

Ashton